John Lanchaster Writes Perfect Short Story

Expectations, story in current New Yorker, dazzles

Brilliant author is steady New Yorker contributor

Story will delight all urbans married for decades

There is nothing overtly “literary” about the delicious short story in this week’s New Yorker, a straightforward tale of a City trader worrying about whether his bonus will be a million pounds in 2007, and his wife who is more restless under his yoke than he realizes.

Sadly unless you have an iPad you will have to buy the New Yorker since it is not legible on the Web even for subscribers (the display is the excessively inconvenient fixed page display, presumably to prevent copying).

The story makes one wonder who is this fine writer, apparently a Brit who has been writing for them since 1995. He is the author of IOU: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay” and the novel “Capital” due out in June.

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